The Road to FileMaker DevCon 2017

This month, Jonathan Taberner (@jtaberner) and Jennifer Beecroft (@jendatatherapy) will be attending FileMaker DevCon 2017 @ JW Marriott Phoenix Desert Ridge ( Phoenix, Arizona).

It can be a substantial investment in terms of time and money to attend – especially if you are flying in from Europe.  So why is it that DataTherapy commit to sending team members every year?  In short, we think as active members of the FileMaker Business Alliance that along with FileMaker Certification, it is an essential learning experience for anyone whom works with the FileMaker platform day to day and here is why:

1) A peek into the future of the FileMaker Platform

You get the chance for direct face to face contact with FileMaker’s technical team.  There are usually in-depth discussions on the planned roadmap and technology previews of future versions of the platform. This is gives you a glimpse of what opportunities your business might look like a year from now when newer FileMaker releases finally drop.  It is important to get a heads up on where FileMaker is taking the platform with new features like JSON support and the REST API so that when new version ship you are in a position to fully take advantage of them in your development projects and to communicate the advantages of upgrading to your clients.

2) Great technical talks regardless of your level and area of expertise

Regardless of whether your role is focused on database backend, front-end/UX, web, mobile, integrations, or server deployments there will be a relevant conference session for you.  Still haven’t got around to doing your FileMaker Certification?  There are sessions for that too.


3) It isn’t just for techies – there are great business discussions too!

For me, some of the most interesting sessions at DevCon focus on business principles and practices rather than purely technical discussions.  Never underestimate the value in getting new perspectives on all of the non-technical challenges of building a business around consultancy and bespoke Apps – getting new ideas about how to communicate with your clients, design, plan and execute within your team can often have a greater and more lasting impact on your business than purely technical training.

4) It is fun too . . . 

There are plenty of fun opportunities to socialise with the rest of the FileMaker community as this POPQUIZ! video from FileMaker DevCon 2016 shows - including important insights from our very own Yousaf Shah, James Nelson and Ben Fletcher: